Rising interest in increasingly complex women’s replica watches has been widely reported, but in the world of haute joaillerie watches the hardware often takes a backseat.
Which makes pieces like the Cartier Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré all the more exciting: a beautiful pendant watch that fully embraces the incredible calibre 9463 MC as its star attraction. The gemstones and art deco butterfly design are far from incidental, but this high jewellery watch makes a serious feature of its horological credentials.
Whilst traditional mystery clocks have floating hands, Cartier has gone several steps further by ‘suspending’ the double tourbillon in an aperture above the hands. It looks deceptively straightforward, but the technological know-how that goes into mystery movements is immense.
This particular fake Cartier watches uk, by way of example, took Cartier’s team a total of 2,050 man-hours to produce.
In basic terms, it works like this: the tourbillon is held in sapphire glass discs encircled with metal teeth, thus allowing the whole thing to rotate and create the illusion of the tourbillon’s weightlessness.
The lucky owner (singular – this is a unique piece) can admire the calibre 9463 MC through the transparent caseback. The layout is the inverse of the calibre 9454 MC used in the Replica Rotonde de Cartier Double Mystery Tourbillon wristwatch from SIHH 2013, which featured the hands above the aperture.
Cartier’s SIHH showing had somewhat of a mystery clock theme. The men’s Rotonde de Cartier Astromystérieux (above) has an aperture in which the escapement, balance-wheel, gear train, and barrel all appear to float. Meanwhile, a dragon curls around a pair of floating hands in the Dragon Mystérieux, as well as on a panther pendant.
The Cartier Replica Tourbillon Mystérieux Azuré watches are shaped like a geometric butterfly, with ‘wings’ set with slices of onyx and sapphires – although it could just as easily be said to resemble an exotic bird; it’s almost phoenix-shaped. The pièce de résistance, gem-wise, is an enormous, detachable 25.93-carat oval-shaped Ceylon sapphire suspended beneath the case. It’s all held on an art deco, diamond-studded chain – and word on the street is that it’s already been snapped up.